Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

27 February 2013

Zambia: Hichilema Appearing in Livingstone Court

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has arrived at the Livingstone Magistrates Court amid tight security but accompanied by hordes of his supporters after spending a night in custody.

Hichilema was yesterday slapped with a charge of proposing violence following the death of a PF cadre Henry Chanda in the upmarket Ellain Brittel area where the opposition had set up their command centre.

According to police sources, ruling Patriotic Front cadres attacked their opponents around 19 to 20 hours on Monday night when violence erupted as supporters of either party engaged in fierce physical exchanges.

In the process, a man later identified as Henry Chanda - the PF official in Monze - was allegedly injured in the fracas and later died. At the time the PF cadres attacked the UPND camp, Hichilema was appearing on a live radio programme and announced what he had been informed was transpiring at their command centre.

The sources in the service said upon rushing to the scene of the incident, some PF cadres who had gone to attack their opponents had fled leaving their colleague by the nearby roadside.

On that Monday evening, more than 15 UPND officials were picked up by police which included campaign manager Garry Nkombo (Mazabuka MP) and Request Muntanga (Kalomo MP). An additional 10 UPND officials were arrested on Tuesday with party leader Hichilema.

Police say the scene of the incident was littered with bottles, stones and some machetes but they did not identify the owners of the weapons from either side.

Hichilema and the 31 other UPND officials are appearing before a magistrate right now and are all expected to apply for bail in order to participate in the elections tomorrow.

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